But I also like to have my grownup space; the kids stuff dominates the house when they are awake, so when they are in bed I like to reclaim the house for us.
Because of this I didn't just want to blu-tac their pictures to the wall, or put them on the fridge. I wanted to put them in frames like I would if it was any other piece of art I bought (look at me, claiming that I buy art!). But faffing around with frames when the kids bring home a new masterpiece every other day is a pain in the neck. At first I bought these white frames (as seen on Dragon's Den) where the picture slides in, but they are expensive and only suit A4. Then I saw a clever idea by Apartment Therapy on Pinterest.
They had removed the glass and backing from the frame, then placed strips of magnetic tape down each side. The picture could then be sandwiched between these magnets and another layer of magnetic tape (this time without the backing removed). It means the pictures take just seconds to change.
|My take on the magnetic frames|
I also found these great picture shelves in Ikea, which means no messing around trying to get the frames back on hooks and I'm not limited to a picture being landscape or portrait as I would be if I had created a wall of pictures hung on hooks.
In amongst the frames I also have 2 floating frames, where the picture is sandwiched between 2 layers of glass and you see the wall behind (you can see it with the picture of the dolphin) - great for odd shaped pictures (although we haven't got any up at the moment).
I'm linking this up to the PinAddict's Pinterest Challenge. If you want to see more do visit them